Jury Selection In Place For McDonnell Trial

By: WCAV Newsroom
By: WCAV Newsroom

RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV)-- On Jul. 29, the start of what could be six weeks of testimony involving dozens of witnesses, begins.

Former Governor Bob Mcdonnell and his wife, Maureen, are not putting up a united front as they face 14 federal corruption charges.

Each is coming and going out of the courthouse on their own, and they are not sitting together inside the court room. They asked the judge to have separate trials, that request was denied.

The couple is accused of accepting $165,000 in gifts and loans for using the governor's office to promote dietary supplement company Star Scientific.

The CEO of that company, Jonnie Williams, is the prosecution's star witness in the case, and is expected to testify. Now, the defense plans to attack Williams' credibility and will call friends and family to testify on their behalf.

All five grown McDonnell children could take the stand, and the former governor and first lady could also testify on their behalf.

Before the defense or prosecution could begin laying out their case, a jury needed to be selected. 150 potential jurors came to the courthouse on the morning of Jul.28 and by 6:30 p.m., they had wittled the number down to 12 with four alternates; eight men and four women, will decide the fate of former governor Bob Mcdonnell and his wife Maureen.

Opening statements are set to begin on the morning of Jul.29.

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